Month: November 2016

Review: Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two people I know had read this recently, so I thought I’d give it a go on eAudio. Great decision. It is pacey and there are lots of things to think about while you are involved in the story, political comment, lots of tricky IT surveillance toys, guns and scary guys. I like this about Harlan Coben books, there is the standard whodunit along with lots of interesting stuff happening on the periphery.

This is the story of Mia, whose sister and husband have both been murdered. That is terrible luck. The next thing you know Mia’s murdered husband shows up on a nanny cam in the lounge and that is just not possible ….. Mia is cool, she is a highly trained military person and can hold her own in battle. It is a layered story and I really enjoyed it. The reader, January LaVoy, is totally awesome. I’ll look for more of her readings.

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Review: No Wind of Blame

No Wind of Blame
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I didn’t love this as much as the last Heyer that I read, I did find it engaging and the characters were impossibly silly but with lots of sparkly dialogue. I love Hemingway’s snarky comments, you feel like you are in on the jokes but the characters in the book are too thick to get them. I loved Vicky’s flakey personas and Ermentrude was a proper piece of work. Nice twist in the romantic workings of the story but this story didn’t reach the dizzying heights of the previous one that I read.

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Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I had a 5 star read, one that makes you stay up really late to get it finished in a big breathless rush to the end. This book officially ended my reading slump. And here is my true confession, I’ve never read All The Bright Places, I tried twice, but it came out at a time where I just couldn’t read a book about suicide. Now though, I’m going to give myself a bit more Jennifer Niven, if it is even half as good as this one it will be great.

In this gorgeous story we have Libby, the largest girl in America, who famously had to be lifted out of her house by a crane because she couldn’t get out any other way. She has been in therapy for a while now, has lost a lot of weight, but she is still really large. Libby is one of the best people you could have in a book, she is feisty and snarky and all the things I like in a girl character. Then there is Jack, who has something I know a bit about going on with him, he has ‘face blindness’ or prosopagnosia, a member of my family has this and I know it is hard to deal with. Jack can’t even recognise his family or his girlfriend and has heaps of coping strategies to manage his life, a life which is fairly messy anyway. So, these two are in high school, Libby finally starting after a life of being unable to go there, and Jack who behaves badly to make up for not knowing what is going on half the time. You can guess what happens, but it is the lovely way they are drawn to each other. How they look after each other and how they become important to each other that I really liked. This is a nice book about nice people and I’m totally fine with that. It is abook about tolerance and love and the fact that physical appearance is a terrible indicator of what someone is like.

I think you should hand this book to the people who loved Jandy Nelson and John Green and E Lockhart and Rainbow Rowell. A gem for everyone in high school. I do get why some people are not going to be fans of this, and I don’t even care because this is good reading. This is what teenagers want to read and I shall be buying a bunch of copies and thrusing them about willy nilly.

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